Reviews for Alien Breed 2: Assault

71

Good top-down shooter

NikorasuSan | April 2, 2014 | See all NikorasuSan's reviews »

(I'm resubmitting this review because I never got a confirmation on whether or not my previous one got accepted.)

Alien Breed 2 is part of the Alien Breed trilogy of games, and it's, at the moment of writing this review, the only one I've played. Let me begin by saying that this game is really good for what it is: a top-down shooter set in a claustrophobic (and abandoned) space station, filled with aliens.

The action is quite good, even when there aren't aliens near you, you'll feel observed, not sure if there's one hiding around the corner. The aliens come in different types, not to mention that there are a few boss battles. The story is presented during cutscenes including some with a comic-book style.

There's a good range of weapons to use, and several levels to explore, all well designed. All in all, it's a rather good game, although a bit short, perhaps.

80

Decent game...

TGAlan | July 11, 2013 | See all TGAlan's reviews »

Alien Breed is A decent game. It's alot of fun co-op as any game with it usually is. It's made with the unreal engine but with the view so far out it's hard to really admire the graphics you would normally be enjoying in say A FPS made with the unreal engine. The main problem I think with the game is the view/controls, most of the games now-a-days let you change the view with say A joystick and on the fly. With this game (and the 1st and 3rd games of the series) you have to bring the crosshair/cursor to the edge of the screen to change the view which it's terrible compared to the other ways of doing it. But the alien breed series is something to check out as it's got A decent overall game. The story didn't really do anything for me but the gameplay is what makes it worth the purchase (if you can get use to the camera system that is).

67

Decent game, but not as good as the amiga originals

artigkar12 | May 24, 2013 | See all artigkar12's reviews »

Team 17 made some quite brilliant games on the Commodore Amiga (most notably the original Alien Breed series, also the original Worms). That company is sadly a shadow of its former self and has been focused on releasing tons of Worms games (that honestly peaked with the 1999 release of Worms Armaggedon). And then these new Alien Breed games came along and they were actually quite decent, though I don't feel they are quite as good as the original Alien Breed 2 (unfortunately never released outside of the Amiga in 1993) and Tower assault (1994).

With that said they are quite decent in their own right, there is even more story in these then the old games eventhough the story isn't the main draw here. I have only played this one and not number 1 and 3 in the modern trilogy, but I imagine that they are similar in gameplay in that you play from a top down perspective killing monsters, have limited ammo (though there is a weak pistol with infinite ammo IIRC) and items. There are terminals where you can buy more ammo and such just like the amiga games and there are objectives (and a robot lady giving you directions). Game has few levels, but they last quite a while. With that said the game is short overall.

Sound effects are ok. Music is kinda forgettable, but at the very least fits the mood for the most part (intensifying in really heavy enemy encounters and so on). The game has Two player support, but have not tested it. From what I could tell it was not local multi like the amiga games, but over internet.

75

Part 2 - From beginning to end

Guardian412 | Jan. 30, 2013 | See all Guardian412's reviews »

Alien Breed: Assault continues the story where Impact left off, at the cliffhanger of the first episode. The formula haven't changed since the first episode. You fight your way through hordes of aliens, you gather credits, you upgrade your weapons and you shoot, shoot and shoot. My greatest problem with Assault was that it has recycled some levels of the first episode. While the game has five levels, just as the previous episode had, in some of the chapters you have to go back on the levels you've already played in episode Impact, which is good as you already know where to go, but its also bad as its giving a repetative feeling, especially if you play Assault after Impact. The graphic is the same as in the first one, so its decent for a game like Alien Breed: Assault. This episode is rather a transition episode between the first and the third episode, and as in most cases, the transition episode is the weakest of all. This rule applies here as well. I felt this episode as the weakest of all three. But if you've played with Impact, and if you love to learn the origin of the alien ship which crashed into the Leopold, give a try to Assault as it will give you some answers, while it will raise few more for the last episode, Alien Breed: Descent.

65

Alien Breed 2: Assault - review

carlyle | Jan. 12, 2013 | See all carlyle's reviews »

No doubt Alien Breed 2: Assault is a game made ​​with competent and discreet care, in short it comes to addressing the various levels in the spaceship moving from one target to another, pushing buttons, flipping switches and interacting with various terminals , all seasoned with a little 'back-tracking. A bit of strategy that really has no bearing, since each lens is more clearly indicated in the radar on the map. What remains then is a shooter, pure and simple, that puts the player alone against waves of aliens of various sizes but still very aggressive. The attack patterns are very basic and there is no particular strategy in the fighting, and on the contrary the greater difficulty in some passages is only related to the number of enemies at the same time intended to attack the victim role. Despite this, the fights are fun, especially with the now more than tried and tested structure of the game and a good variety of weapons available.

55

Passable

lachking | Nov. 6, 2012 | See all lachking's reviews »

Alien Breed 2: Assault is a top down shooter where you walk around, completing your objectives while killing aliens and picking up objects. The actual premise is solid, but the execution in many areas is lacking. The gameplay for starters gets repetitive rather quickly, as you frequently just walk from A to B, holding space bar down to interact with switches. The gun sounds are rather bland and the same can be said for the alien death sounds. The environments are also very dark, with little variety, although the actual graphics aren't too bad. You will also battle with the camera, as it sometimes switches to bizarre angles, obstructing your view to certain areas, such as the other side of a wall. There is also a load of on-screen text, so you know right off the bat which objects are interactive, and although some people may like this, I think it does take away discovery aspects of the game. Although the game’s overall shooter concept is solid, the execution of the essential elements of the game lets it down in the long run.

52

So-so

dark2025 | Sept. 26, 2012 | See all dark2025's reviews »

Alien Breed 2 is a shooter where you basically just go around killing aliens with various weapons. It's a nice idea (who doesn't like shooting a bunch of aliens?) but it becomes quite repetitive after a while. The level design also starts to feel samey after a while since the environment all look pretty similar. The story is nothing special, and the game is pretty short. Basically what I'm trying to say is that this is a very average game, nothing really special about it, but also nothing particularly bad about it, unless repetitive shooting isn't your thing.

64

A bit repetitive, but..

Stezizi | Sept. 24, 2012 | See all Stezizi's reviews »

Alien Breed 2: Assault is all too similar to its predecessor, with a very old school structure that can be more tedious and repetitive than immersive. A title only recommended to fans of the original and those who are in withdrawal from products of this kind. Like the predecessor the game is very cheap, but no one should neglect the alternative offered by Alien Swarm, which has the advantage of being free. Appreciated the presence of the Survivor mode, especially because it can be dealt with in the company of a friend (even online), as well as the full-bodied revamp that involved the graphics.

74

Nice top-down shooter

schroff | Sept. 15, 2012 | See all schroff's reviews »

This is a throwback to the shooters we had on older consoles. I was keen to play it as it follows the classic formula but has graphics rendered using good ol' UE3. It looks gorgeous, sounds right and the enemies are decent but the one critical flaw it has is the controls. They're not natural - they feel very tedious and the player will end up frustrated at what could've been a fun experience. If you can handle the controls then it's a great game .. a diamond in the rough.

85

Another take on Alien Swarm?

Cooberstooge | Sept. 11, 2012 | See all Cooberstooge's reviews »

This is quite an enjoyable little alien shooter, and the top-down perspective reminds one of good old Alien Swarm. You do similar things in both games, but the different viewpoint in this one makes the action seem far more in your face and real.

The graphics are great for something put out by a small developer, and firefights, though relatively small, are always a sight to behold. The soundtrack is great, and sounds suitably futuristic, yet spooky and murky at just the right points.

Playing in co-operative matches with your friends is where this game truly shows what it can do. Fighting to help a friend and not a bot just has so much more impact. Running through and soloing missions to improve your score is also a blast.

This is an easy one to recommend, since squad-based alien shooters are amongst the best types of space-based shooters out there. Feeling like you're the last wall between humanity and the alien hordes just never gets old.

74

Short but fun

panz3r88 | Aug. 2, 2012 | See all panz3r88's reviews »

Alien Breed Assault is the second chapter of an interesting arcade shooter with a good story. The game is quite short(there are only five levels) but full of actions and enemy to kill. It's not so easy to reach the end of the game and you must use well your abilities to survive the horde of monsters. When you have finished the singleplayer you can also play some missions in cooperative multiplayer. Alien Breed is a good game like the other chapters of the franchise

80

Unique Top-Down Shooter...

S2uRI | Aug. 26, 2011 | See all S2uRI's reviews »

built on the Unreal Engine. It's visual elements are satisfying and intensive. The story and gameplay falls short unfortunately. The story tends to be rather confusing and I sometimes felt it didn't even connect and the gameplay was very linear.

Despite this, co-op with a friend was quite intriguing and fun as it wasn't just all guns and gore. Strategic choke points and positions could be taken during "siege" setups and turrets could be built to defend your position.

This game should be on your list if you have a friend who will play with you.

64

Meh...

pauljebe | Aug. 10, 2011 | See all pauljebe's reviews »

Alien Breed 2: Assault is a top down arcade shooter that makes no attempt to push the envelope of the genre. In it the player must make their way through an alien infested ghost ship savaging supplies and earning money for weapon upgrades as they struggle to find the next save point. Each level presents the player with a series of objectives that send the player on a crisscross pattern around the map, meaning you’ll pass through parts of a level many times. Combine this concept with the drab and unchanging ship interior and the result is a boring a repetitious romp that you’ll be eager to end.

The controls are occasionally unresponsive and in several boss battles the camera suddenly becomes static which changes the way you control your player. Frustration ensues. Fortunately Alien Breed 2: Assault has a low price point, multiple game modes, and interesting comic book style cut-scenes. Other similar but superior games (I won’t mention any names) are available for free, but if you’re dead set on buying this set your expectations low and you’ll have a good time blasting aliens. Expect ~8 hours of potential game play.

83

Worth the price!

chairmank | Aug. 1, 2011 | See all chairmank's reviews »

Alien Breed 2 is a top down shooter utilizing the unreal 3 engine. The environments look great and really push a broken down ghost ship type of atmosphere on you. However, the main character suffers the same gripes I have with most modern unreal engine games in that they all have this beefy armor with unneeded lights everywhere which makes them look ready for a futuristic fro-lock on the grid iron (american football to you chaps) that didn't pay their lighting bill. Even though I don't have a soft spot for pig skin or bald space marines, Alien Breed 2 delivers a solid game that rewards survival and scavenging rather than mindless run and gun gameplay. The game contains both a singleplayer and an online co-op mode. The campaign is told nicely through the use of dynamic comic book panels with full voice acting, however the story didn't leave me on the edge of my seat. If movies this season don't pique your interests, why not spend $10 on a solid experience?

70

Nice arcade shooter

pk11 | July 29, 2011 | See all pk11's reviews »

Not bad game , nice graphics , sound effects .This game is arcade shooter , you must just run and kill waves of enemies which is alot of fun.Theres also parts of the game where you must wandering around and searching for switches and finding keykards. You can find many multiplayer modes in it but nearly no one play this game online so dont buy it for multiplayer unless some of your friend have it.

90

An awesome addition to the franchise!!!

Xbomborz | July 29, 2011 | See all Xbomborz's reviews »

After Alien Breed: Impact, this game is the second best in the franchise. Still set on a damaged space vessel, Alien Breed 2: Assault has you play as Conrad as he fights his way through hordes of alien creatures in order to survive. Filled with fast-paced action, new levels and a new design style, awesome weapons, and a whole bunch of Aliens, Alien Breed 2: Assault is a wonderful addition to this great franchise.

76

Alien Breed 2: Assault? A good pass time

klaros | July 29, 2011 | See all klaros's reviews »

Alien Breed 2: Assault is a nice game. It is fun enough shooting all that aliens.

It is similar to Alien Swarm but with a better graphic an a good physic engine (Unreal 3). Infact while the ship is falling down on the planet you'll see how some quake will move the objects. Story is fair but not really important, infact the main part is shoot shoot shoot. For example you'll really often have to fix something in the ship or search for a key. At the end you'll smile while you'll get the new fix-something mission. At start you'll see a comic strip summary where is illustrated what happened in the prequel, but it isn't enough involving to bring tension from the 1st to the 2nd title. While you proceed you'll find some terminal where you'll can buy weapons, ammunitions, first aid kits and upgrades, you can also save there. It remembers quite well Dead Space. Mainly the point of view can rotate, but sometimes in some particular zones it will become fix or will follow your character from a particular angolation. This could cause you some problems, for example when the angolation will get fix you could not see what will be next, if you should shoot or run freely (the radar could help you but will be similar to blind shooting and you could waste ammonition). Another problem that came for the fixed camera is when you try to aim, infact it is really complicated because your the character and you don't have the same reference system and he shoots in a direction different from where your mouse is pointing at. Luckily there always is a laser sight, but it keeps to be counterintuitive. While Alien Swarm is an only multiplayer game, you'll have here a single player story mode, a survive solo mode (with 3 maps), 3 maps for multiplayer over internet co-op survive mode (but only with 2 players, counting you too), a multiplayer over internet co-op campaign mode (again only you and another human player). It is a really pity both that you'll play with only another human player and that it isn't simple find someone to play with (often there is nobody for a co-op). I passed a really nice time but obviously it isn't a mastepiece but just a pass time, recommended if you don't want to spend too much and have fun without a high demands.